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Facts will minimize your fear. There are two sources to use for managing fear in the new virus response: The World Health Organization and your national authority.
With all the...
Many consultants have headaches and nausea when they deal with stress and emotion. There are also times when there is nothing they can do, for example, provide beds, masks, and other needed supplie...
Consider unexpected risks associated with the response to the outbreak, for example, poor mental health that is related to social isolation. Steps to take into account:
Instead of focusing on the number of deaths, we need to shift the narratives to the number of recoveries.
News outlets, journalists, and citizens can help to increase hope and minimize fe...
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Social connection means sharing both positive and negative emotions. During a crisis, we can get comfort in sharing our fears and receive objective feedback.
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Venting our fears and concerns with others can reduce their intensity. Others may provide support and care and soother our negative feelings. We can do the same in turn for them.
We learn we are not alone and may learn how others cope with their frustration and fear, which can help us adopt those methods.
Venting should not become a habit as it won't fix the problem. When to stop negative emotions:
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In the age of pandemic, with lockdowns all over the globe, people have isolated themselves away from friends, relatives and communities, not by choice, but by the forces of fear, peer pressure and ...
There is an urgent need to socially distance ourselves as early as possible to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve.
This becomes more and more important as infected people are showing mild (or zero) symptoms, while still being able to pass on the infection to others. This makes being close to any person a potentially lethal mistake.
In these times of uncertainty, when the whole world is in uncharted territory, we need to be psychologically and emotionally together in spite of being physically apart.
With unclear instructions, ambiguous information and a possible lack of resources, it is easy to feel helpless, and therefore crucial to activate the collective healing capabilities of our communities.
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